Lubbock bomb threat suspect cannot post bond to get out of jail - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/25/10

Lubbock bomb threat suspect cannot post bond to get out of jail

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – The young man accused of threatening to put a bomb on a plane at the Lubbock airport will not get to bond out of jail.  A federal magistrate on Tuesday signed an order keeping Johnathan Ivins, 20, locked up until his case goes to trial.

Tuesday's order states in part that Ivins waived his right to a hearing on the issue.  It also states  "Defendant with advice of counsel agreed that an order of detention could be entered without further evidence." 

It also states "no condition or combination of conditions" would assure that Ivins would show up for his court dates.  The "safety of any other person and the community" was also mentioned as a factor. 

On the day of his initial court appearance, Ivins admitted to KCBD NewsChannel 11 that he did make a threatening Internet posting.  Federal records indicate it was a false threat but even a joking threat is a federal felony.  

Court records also indicate that Ivins might be suffering from mental health issues.  Attorneys for both the prosecution and defense filed a joint motion to have Ivins evaluated for mental health before he goes to trial. 

For now, Ivins is to be held "for confinement in a corrections facility separate, to the extent practicable, from persons awaiting or serving sentences."

Ivins was indicted in mid-May for an April 1st threat that said, "I'm building a bomb as you speak. I work at the airport as a Technician" 

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